I’ve been shooting fabulous cloisonné enamel work made by Julie Holmes. Here’s how she describes her inspiration and process:
“I am inspired by all things fun, whimsical and colorful. I don’t like to use pre-planned designs. I prefer to sit down with a prepared base and some wire and see how the wire wants to bend and what shows up. That’s exactly the kind of statement I used to scoff at when I heard artists say those “artsy fartsy” things. But it’s true. I think when you find your medium, it speaks for itself, through you, not necessarily from you. I like my pieces to tell a story.
I use primarily Japanese leaded enamels for their brilliant colors, consistency and smooth even flow. I love using 24kt gold cloisonné wire since some colors react poorly with silver and will turn cloudy or muddy, but in today’s economy I have switched to fine silver and have learned to love it, too. Lately I am having fun incorporating words into my settings and playing with patinas. I will be taking a silver metal clay class with Jonna Faulkner next week and I’m very excited to see how it expands my options for design. Cloisonné allows me the full range of expression that I crave.”
We think her work already is amazing, and can’t wait to see what happens when she starts combining metal clay with the cloisonné at which she excels so wonderfully.
These pieces were shot in my Escondido studio with a Nikon D300 camera, Nikkor 85mm micro lens and softbox tungsten lights.